Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday stated the state authorities by no means reported any loss of life as a result of scarcity of oxygen through the second wave of COVID-19.
Notably, in April this yr, 22 sufferers died after the oxygen provide was disrupted at a Nashik hospital as a result of leakage in an oxygen storage plant, native officers had stated. Mr Tope had then stated a radical probe shall be performed to seek out out if negligence led to the leakage of oxygen on the hospital.
On Tuesday, the Union authorities instructed the Rajya Sabha that no deaths as a result of lack of oxygen had been particularly reported by states and UTs through the second COVID-19 wave, drawing sharp criticism from opposition leaders.
When requested by a TV channel concerning the Centre’s assertion, Mr Tope stated, “We by no means stated folks died as a result of oxygen scarcity within the state. Many of them had points like co-morbidities and different diseases. No loss of life has taken place as a result of state. scarcity of oxygen.”
Earlier within the day, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, whose social gathering shares energy with the NCP and Congress in Maharashtra, stated folks whose kinfolk died as a result of oxygen scarcity ought to “take the Union authorities to court docket”.
Noting that opposition-ruled states claimed in courts that there was no loss of life as a result of scarcity of oxygen through the second COVID-19 wave and made comparable assertions of their response to the Centre, the BJP on Wednesday hit again at its rivals amid a row over the Modi authorities’s reply in Parliament on the matter.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra famous that the central authorities’s reply was primarily based on the figures offered by states and UTs as well being is a state topic.
No state despatched any information about sufferers dying as a result of oxygen scarcity, he asserted.
He stated the Maharashtra authorities additionally instructed the Bombay High Court that nobody died as a result of oxygen scarcity and Chhattisgarh Health Minister TS Singh Deo has additionally made comparable claims.
Shortly after the assertion within the Rajya Sabha was revamped the difficulty in a written reply by Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar on Tuesday, AICC basic secretary KC Venugopal accused the minister of getting “misled” the House.
Describing the assertion as “condemnable”, Mr Venugopal, a Rajya Sabha MP to whose query the reply was given, had stated he’ll transfer a privilege movement towards the minister.
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